Almost immediately on Saturday, a hefty amount of undrafted Irish players got a call and received their chance to sign with an NFL team and also live out their dream.
First and foremost, congratulations are in order. Jerry Tillery (Round 1, Pick 28), Miles Boykin (Round 3, Pick 93), Julian Love (Round 4, Pick 108), Drue Tranquill (Round 4, Pick 130), Dexter Williams (Round 6, Pick 194) and Alize Mack (Round 7, Pick 231) all are living their dreams after being drafted and picked up by the big bad NFL. In the end, it worked out for most, but for some it did not. Almost immediately on Saturday, a hefty amount of undrafted Irish players got a call and received their chance to sign with an NFL team and also live out their dream.
The Bears made quick work with Alex Bars and Sam Mustipher. Both were Notre Dame offensive lineman and offenseive captains. They will be reunited with their former offensive line coach at Notre Dame, Harry Hiestand. With the track record that Notre Dame lineman carry in the NFL, I have very high hopes for these two.
The Los Angeles Chargers added Jerry Tillery and Drue Tranquill during the draft. They will be reunited with their former teammate Isaac Rochell. After the draft, young punter Tyler Newsome heard his phone ringing. And yes, it is the Chargers once again. The strength of this mullet rockin’, power kickin’ ND captain will be shown all around the LA area and Charger fans should be very excited for this upcoming season. LA better be ready for not only a party, but also business on the field.
Nick Coleman and Tevon Coney wound up in the Raiders organization. Having a Hall of Fame-caliber coach in Jon Gruden, these guys should have nothing short of a fun and knowledge-filled year. I believe Nick Coleman will have a very solid career, but Tevon Coney is a player I’ve been following closely during his tenure at Notre Dame. He has the potential to be an absolute animal for Oakland. The Raiders got a steal in him, especially with not having to draft him.
It was a great draft year for the Irish. I believe some players deserved to be drafted earlier than they did, and some just drafted in general. Kicker Justin Yoon has yet to be called, but I do believe he will. His senior year was tough and slightly shortened by injury, but I stand by my belief that he will bounce back and one day play in the NFL.
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